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The Internet And The Death Of The News Monopoly
By J. Orlin Grabbe

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"I never went to a journalism school, and it never did me any harm... The only

Worthwhile yardstick of the collective efforts of the journalists on the newspaper is

what the circulation trends are. The population is rising, the number of households is

expanding, and sales of newspapers are desperately struggling to stand still."

Stuart Garner - President & CEO
Thomson Newspapers - 11.15.99

 


 

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JIMMY CARTER – MAN OF PEACE

 WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Award is a direct repudiation of Washington’s

confrontational and militaristic foreign policy

 

"It should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken," Gunnar Berge, chairman of the Nobel committee, said in Norwegian. "It's a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States."

 

STORY

10.11.02

 

 

 

 

CIA: WE’RE NOT TAKING THE FALL ON THIS ONE …

WASHINGTON CHICKENHAWKS ARE  “COOKING THE BOOKS” ON THE IRAQ THREAT…AN ATTACK ON IRAQ IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE  “BLOWBACK” - TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE U.S. HOMELAND AND U.S. INTERESTS AND CITIZENS ABROAD

10.10.02

TIMES (LONDON)

 

The view of US intelligence officials, summarised in a letter written by George Tenet, the CIA Director, suggests that an attack on Baghdad is likely to trigger the one thing that President Bush says he is trying to prevent: the use of weapons of mass destruction by the Iraqi President.

The letter summarised a classified CIA report delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, which stated that the likelihood of Iraq launching an unprovoked attack on the US was low.

It immediately gave ammunition to congressional opponents of military action, where a resolution authorising Mr Bush to use military force against Baghdad is being debated. For now, the letter says, Baghdad “appears to be drawing a line short of conducting terrorist attacks with conventional or chemical weapons”.

But it adds: “Should Saddam conclude that a US-led attack could no longer be deterred, he probably would become much less constrained in adopting terrorist actions.”

Saddam might help Islamic militants to use weapons of mass destruction against the US if he sees it as “his last chance to exact vengeance”.

The letter was delivered to the Democrat-controlled Intelligence Committee, which has been pressing for fuller disclosure of classified material measuring the threat posed by Baghdad. It was sent on Monday, the same day that Mr Bush delivered a televised speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, making the case for the possible use of force. He warned that waiting was “the riskiest of all options”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-441634,00.html

 

 

10.8.02

IT’S ALL UP TO YOU…

STOP THE WAR!

CALL CONGRESS - THEY ARE FECKLESS SELF-SERVING COWARDS WHO HAVE ALLOWED THE ABROGATION OF OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE HIJACKING OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY. THE SINISTER AND SHADOWY FORCES COUNSELING IN WASHINGTON FOR A COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND IMMORAL ATTACK ON IRAQ MUST BE STOPPED - NOW!

“What is there left to say about this onrushing war? It isn't in our interests; it has nothing to do with getting the terrorists responsible for 9/11; it's a war for Israel's sake, not ours; it's the first step on the road to Empire; it'll wreck our economy, embolden Bin Laden, and alienate whatever friends we might have left in the world. It's all been said, and still they won't listen, so forget the "debate" – the only language the politicians understand is the threat of popular outrage. Call your friggin' congressman and tell him or her this: So, you want to get re-elected? Then you had better vote against this war – or else!

Justin Raimondo – Antiwar.com

STORY - CONGRESSIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION

10.8.02

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE PLUMMETS AT FLORIDA AQUARIUM

Tampa taxpayers engulfed by deluge of Aquarium losses

 

IN ADDITION TO PAYING 100% OF THE ANNUAL $6.7MM “CAPITAL BUDGET” (ie MORTGAGE), THE TAMPA CITY COUNCIL’S ADDITIONAL, ANNUAL, AQUARIUM “OPERATING BUDGET” SUBSIDY COULD BALLOON TO $1,000,000 (OR MORE).

 

STORY

9.17.02

 

 

TAMPA BAY WATER’S  FANCIFUL DESALINATION 

SCHEME IS IN DISARRAY AS 2ND DEVELOPER (COVANTA)

IS SAID TO BE  NEAR FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

 

STORY - 4.1.02

 

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR ANALYSIS OF THIS ISSUE WRITTEN MORE THAN 3 YEARS AGO

 

 

 

HOME-GROWN FASCISTS BEGIN SELLING THE BIG LIE!
The Next Casualty: America's

Bill of Rights?

 

STORY
9.18.01

 

 

 

 


SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
DISASTER!
THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE OF WASHINGTON’S FAILED GLOBO-COP FOREIGN POLICY
MAKING ENEMIES, CREATING TERRORISM AND INVITING WEAPONS
OF MASS DESTRUCTION TO THE U.S. HOMELAND
9.11.01

BACKGROUND

 

 

U.S. TAXPAYER FINANCED MILITARY "AID" TO PROVIDE ISRAEL WITH AN ADDITIONAL $2,000,000,000 ($2BB) FOR MORE NEW F-161 JET FIGHTER-BOMBERS
(BBC Report )
9.8.01
According to the BBC, funding for Israel's $2 billion-dollar contract with Lockheed Martin will come from, "...the US military aid budget, which awards that amount [$2BB] to Israel on an annual basis. With an aerial arsenal already including an estimated 250 US F-16s, Israel has the largest fleet of these aircraft outside of the US."

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN SUGG: TAMPA'S CRUSADING TRUTHMONGER & CURMUDGEON
8.13.01
A Toast: by Dr. Loyd Pettegrew

I would like us all to raise our glasses to truthmonger and curmudgeon, John Sugg. In an exhaustive Internet search there are over 11,000 entries for John Sugg. While many of those trace family trees ranging from Kentucky to North Carolina, our John Sugg has been a very busy man as well! He recently received the M.T. Mehdi Courage in Writing Award for his refusal to bow to legal threats and lawsuits filed by pro-Israeli interests to silence him.

The Weekly Planet, under John’s leadership, has prided itself on its journalistic integrity, and on the controversial stories that the Planet's reporters cover. John Sugg, himself, has tackled some of the thorniest issues with aplomb and fire.

His colleagues in the journalism trade call Sugg an excellent writer, a responsible journalist and an accomplished curmudgeon. His mentor, Gregory Favre, former editor of The Palm Beach Post, would be proud. Favre says he was attracted to the firebrand light flickering in John’s eyes. Since those early days, John has held tight to his beliefs while sculpting some of his sharper edges. After stints at The Miami Herald, The Atlanta Constitution and Tampa Tribune , John now has the opportunity to return to Atlanta with Creative Loafing’s flagship paper.

John states: "The media should reflect both sides of the conflict. We need to acknowledge the rights and wrongs on both sides and report them fairly."

John, you leave big shoes to fill at Tampa's Weekly Planet, and a legacy of making politics better off and citizens more informed for your vigilance... JOHN SUGG!!

 


 

 

TAMPA FLORIDA -- THE BIG ZERO

TERMINALLY POLITICAL,
ZERO TOLERANCE AND
ZERO RESPECT FOR PRIVACY
Jacksonville said "No!" but Tampa's Mayor and City Council have quietly conspired to install an unprecedented, Orwellian, 36 video cameras based surveillance system that intimately scans and maps the faces and identity of all visitors to the City's adult entertainment district. Tampa's political lightweights and philosophical illiterates have transformed an already struggling Ybor City into a Zero Privacy police zone, more intrusive even than under the old Soviet or Chinese regimes.

 

STORY

7.3.01

 

 

 

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Israel furious at BBC claim
of Sharon "War Crimes" !

Israeli officials attacked the BBC yesterday for preenting a Panorama program which concludes that Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, could be tried for war crimes in connection with the 1982 massacre of more than 800 Palestinians at the Lebanese Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

 

STORY

6.16.01

SHARON WITNESS ASSASSINATED

1.25.02

ANALYSIS

1.26.02

 

 


 

PSYCHOBABBLE!

FREEDOM FIGHTER OR TERRORIST?

THE LANGUAGE OF ORWELLIAN

DECEPTION AND POLITICAL CONTROL
(With thanks to Nosaer)
6.2.01

TIANANMEN SQUARE 1989 - BEJING, CHINA
Young Chinese "FREEDOM-FIGHTER"

Confronts Chinese Tank.

PALESTINE 2001 - ISRAELI OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
Young Palestinian "TERRORIST"

Confronts Israeli Tank.

 

DRUG WAR "EXPEDIENT" SPIRALING PERILOUSLY OUT-OF-HAND

``Power exercised in secret,'' said former U.S. Sen. William Proxmire, ``especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous. Now the cloak is the drug war, but the secrecy and lack of accountability are just as dangerous."

 

STORY

5.15.01